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Unmissable October Events

Unmissable October Events

4 October 2017 | Nicola Freedman

While Halloween may be the quintessential October event, it is also right at the very end of the month. So make the most of the whole month with our guide to the very best events and festivals taking place across the UK!

Oktoberfest
 

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Giant steins of Bavarian beer, endless Bratwurst sausages, oompah bands and a lot of lederhosen? That’s right, Oktoberfest is back! While the renowned German festival officially kicked off in September, this month events are taking place across the UK. From Bristol and Derby, to Edinburgh and Nottingham thirsty revelers will be able to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere without having to set foot in an airport. Prost!
 
For more information on Oktoberfest events, please visit the official website.
 

Juice Festival
 

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Get inspired and celebrate young creative talent at the annual Juice Festival. Showcasing outstanding work created by, for and with under 25s, the festival’s family-friendly and multi-artform programme has something for everyone. Plays, installations, workshops and music performances are scattered across the nine-day festival, which includes plenty of free events. Watch graffiti artists make their mark on the Juice Art Jam – one of the country’s longest legal graffiti walls - and celebrate the best young film-making talent at ‘Random Selection’, an evening of short films, awards and copious amounts of popcorn.
 
Juice Festival takes place Friday 20 October - Saturday 28 October in venues and locations around NewcastleGateshead. For more information, please visit the Juice Festival website.
 
 
London Restaurant Festival
 

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Take a break from cooking and explore the capital’s eclectic food scene at this year’s London Restaurant Festival. Running throughout the month of October, the annual celebration of eating out features over 350 exclusive menus from the city’s best restaurants. From lavish Michelin-starred meals to neighbourhood favourites, there is something for every palate and budget. The event programme also includes Restaurant-Hopping Tours, Gourmet Odysseys, Chef-Hosted events, Restaurant Recipes and Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends. A whole month dedicated to food? Brilliant.
 
London Restaurant Festival takes place Sunday 1 October - Tuesday 31 October at venues across London. For more information, please visit the London Restaurant Festival website.


Great Bath Feast
 

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London isn’t the only city for food lovers this October. At Bath’s annual Great Feast festival, independent restaurants, pubs, cafes and local producers come together to celebrate the city’s best food and drink. Enjoy new culinary experiences, explore new skills and make the most of “tenner treats” - £10 deals available at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants. Don’t miss “Feast with a Farmer” which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Bath Farmers’ Market (which also happens to be the UK’s first ever Farmers’ Market!).

The Great Bath Feast runs until Sunday 8 October. For more information, please visit the Great Bath Feast website.
 
Goose Fair
 

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Dating back more than 700 years, the Goose Fair is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, and one of the longest running fairs in history! Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the traveling fun-fair’s attractions will keep the whole family entertained with classic carousels, dodgems, and the more thrilling (and stomach churning) rollercoasters. Of course, food is just as much a part of the experience, and no visit is complete without sampling Nottingham’s staple mushy peas and mint sauce. Sweeter treats are also available, including candyfloss, doughnuts, Spanish churros and French crepes. Top tip: Eat after you’ve gone on the rides.
 
Goose Fair can be found at Forest Recreation Ground, NG7 6HB from Wednesday 4 October- Sunday 8 October. For more information, please visit the Goose Fair website.
 
 
Isle of Wight Literary Festival


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Celebrate the spoken and written word at the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Held across Cowes, the festival lineup includes high-profile guest speakers (Andrew Marr, Val McDermid and Dame Jenni Murray are all scheduled to appear), terrific workshops, and political and social debates. Book lovers of all ages are also catered for, with a youth zone hosting various entertainers, authors, storytellers and theatre productions, as well as plenty of hands-on activities.
 
Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes place at various venues across Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 from Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October. For more information, please visit the Isle of Wight Literary Festival website.
 
 
Bath Digital Festival
 

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Now in its fifth year, Bath Digital Festival is a fantastic event for all things digital. Bringing people and technology together, the festival celebrates the thriving local digital sector, and aims to inform, educate and inspire the digital and creative industries of Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas. With a diverse programme of almost fifty events, there is something for everyone to take part in and enjoy, from coding and a digital art show, to Google seminars and an exploration of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
 
Bath Digital Festival runs from Tuesday 17 October - Sunday 22 October. For more information, please visit the Bath Digital Festival website.
 

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